The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers has donated $15,000 to the Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This generous gift was given as a result of PHLBI’s outreach to union workers who are most at risk for asbestos-related illnesses due to occupational exposure. The money will be used to further medical research that will result in better medical options for those with asbestos-related diseases, and ultimately to find a cure for illnesses caused by asbestos such as mesothelioma.
“This is a wonderful gift and a tremendous expression of support for PHLBI’s mission. The union has really stepped forward to put real dollars into research that can improve the lives of people with asbestos-related diseases,” says executive director of PHLBI Jessica Like. “We owe the union a huge debt of gratitude for helping make our work possible.”
Vice President of the international union and director of the union’s health, safety, and hazards program Terry Lynch, who also serves on the board of PHLBI, will be in California today and tomorrow for PHLBI’s fundraising concert with Grammy Award winner Chris Botti. The proceeds of the event will go to research projects at PHLBI.